ERIC Number: ED229006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Models for Estimating Costs of Computerized Instruction.
Mason, Emanuel J.; And Others
This paper describes cost models designed to aid schools in effective cost planning through analysis of the relative costs and benefits of individualized, computer-based instruction. The models are then applied to the Individualized Study by Technology (IST) program of the Alaska Department of Education (DOE) using data obtained in a pilot study of four microcomputer-based high school courses at 24 rural school sites in Alaska during the 1980-81 school year. Illustrations include the analysis of DOE and local site costs for the pilot study; prediction of costs of expanding the number of courses, sites, and students that will use the materials; and comparison of the costs and benefits of the multimedia program to traditional methods. The conclusions presented indicate that, on the basis of costs, offering computer-based instruction is preferable to more traditional, teacher-based instruction, but that the computer-based program did not produce better learning. Data related to the models and the IST evaluation are displayed in six tables and eight figures, and eight references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Educational Technology and Telecommunications.
Authoring Institution: Educational Skills Development, Lexington, KY.